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Callie Rich Neal of Riverside Polytechnic High School is now an accepted member of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program and will carry out educational research in Colombia.

The U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced Rich Neal as an esteemed award recipient in July.  

In her role as a Fulbright recipient, she will share knowledge and foster meaningful connections across communities in the U.S. and Colombia. 

As a Fulbrighter, Rich Neal will engage in cutting-edge research while also expanding their professional networks. The research collaborations started abroad often lay a foundation for continuing future partnerships between institutions. 

On returning to their classrooms in the United States, they share their Fulbright experiences and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars and educators to their school or campus and encouraging their colleagues and students to go abroad. 

The careers of Fulbright alumni are enriched as they become part of a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. 

Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 39 who have served as a head of state or government. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. It is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. 

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs also advised that 2021 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program. Celebrations throughout the year will highlight the impressive accomplishments and legacy of the program and its alumni, both in the United States and around the world. 

A dedicated 75th anniversary website is being updated throughout 2021 to showcase anniversary events and to facilitate ongoing engagement. 

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from over 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns 

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and the U.S. also provide direct and indirect support. 

To learn more about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.  

Stephanie Williams is executive editor of the IE Voice and Black Voice News. She is a longtime champion  for civil rights and justice in all its forms. She is also an advocate for government transparency and committed to ferreting out and exposing government corruption. She has received awards for her investigative reporting and for her weekly  column, Keeping it Real. Contact Stephanie with tips, comments. or concerns at myopinion@ievoice.com.

S.E. Williams

Stephanie E. Williams is an award winning investigative reporter, editor and activist who has contributed to several Inland Empire publications. Williams spent more than thirty years as a middle-manager in the telecommunications industry before retiring to pursue her passion as a reporter and non-fiction writer. Beyond writing, Williams’ personal interests include stone-carving, drumming and sculpting.

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